John Collins says that Patrick Roberts is edging closer to making his debut for Celtic.
Roberts was brought in by the Bhoys in January, on an 18-month loan from Manchester City.
The youngster’s only taste of football in Scotland so far has come for Celtic’s development side, but assistant manager Collins has hinted that the 19-year-old could be brought into the senior squad in the coming weeks.
JC on Patrick Roberts being included: “He’s closer this week than last week. Had another week's training under his belt." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) February 18, 2016
JC: "He's trained very well and he played terrifically well for the Dev. Squad, scoring a couple of goals and made one." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) February 18, 2016
Roberts is tipped to have a very bright future, and his arrival adds to the competition for places in Ronny Deila’s starting line-up.
Celtic have a good track record with developing City’s players, having already had Jason Denayer on loan last season.
Denayer impressed hugely during his time at Parkhead, and there are hopes that Roberts could have a similar impact to the Belgian international.
Celtic’s next match comes against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday, and a win would help to consolidate their place at the top of the table.